Climate change fact sheets

The fact sheets listed below were published in 2008 under the Communicating Climate Change project, which we coordinated.

The fact sheets were authored by:

Econnect Communication managed the publication process, including editing and proofreading.

The project was supported by the National Agriculture Climate Change Action Plan.

We collaborated with farmers and advisers from dryland grains and mixed farming regions in Victoria [Mallee], South Australia [Eyre Peninsula] and Western Australia [North East Agricultural Region] to identify the information they needed.

Farm viability in a changing climate

Monday, August 18th, 2008

A case study to see the potential impact of climate change on farm viability.

The implications of climate change for insurable climate risks

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Australia’s agricultural sector is likely to become more exposed to the risks of climate change. Insurance can help producers face the challenge of adapting to those risks.

Water resources in a changing climate: Western Victoria

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Water availability is a key issue in Australia. A changing climate will place greater demand
on water resources. We need to factor the risks associated with climate change into the
ways we use water.

Water resources in a changing climate: southern South Australia

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Water availability is a key issue in Australia. A changing climate will place greater demand
on water resources. We need to factor the risks associated with climate change into the
ways we use water.

Weather drivers in Queensland

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The climate of Australia varies across many different regions and timescales.

The major weather drivers in Queensland are: trade winds; El Niño – Southern Oscillation; tropical cyclones and tropical depressions; the monsoon; the Madden-Julian Oscillation; the inland trough; cut-off lows; cloudbands; and frontal changes.

Weather drivers in South Australia

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The climate of Australia varies across many different regions and timescales.

The major weather drivers in South Australia are: El Niño – Southern Oscillation; frontal systems; cut-off lows; blocking highs; the Indian Ocean Dipole; cloudbands; and the Southern Annular Mode.

Weather drivers in Victoria

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The climate of Australia varies across many different regions and timescales.

The major weather drivers in Victoria are: El Niño – Southern Oscillation; frontal systems; cut-off lows; blocking highs; the Southern Annular Mode; and cloudbands.

Weather drivers in Western Australia

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Australia’s climate varies across many different regions and timescales.

The major weather drivers in Western Australia are: frontal systems; cut-off lows; the west coast trough; blocking highs; the Southern Annular Mode; the Indian Ocean Dipole; cloudbands; and tropical systems.

Climate change: the scientific basis for concern

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The scientific evidence is clear: our climate is changing and humans are mostly to blame.

Past climate changes have been driven by natural processes but now the climate is also responding to human influences.

Observed climate change: South Australia

Monday, August 18th, 2008

South Australia’s climate is changing. Farmers have long been aware of natural cycles in the climate, but now human-induced climate changes are becoming apparent. These changes will have significant impacts on the way South Australia is farmed.